Ann Arbor Small Group Meeting

Great Food, Great Times, Great Hosts.

Hey there plant-tastic folks! 

We did it again. And then some. Our last meeting was ON POINT. Did you feel the love?? I sure did. There's no other place in my life I can find the type of community, support, compassion and positive energy that I find with this group. Thank you all for your continued participation, for sharing your challenges and triumphs, and being there for the others in the group. Check out photos from our last meeting - attached!

Big A2 welcome to Tom, Cam and Jim for joining us for the first time this month! We're so happy to have you! 

Notables from the July Potluck: 

  • Yonanas - Get yourself a Yonanas machine and make home-made 'ice cream' with no added sugars and no artificial ingredients --- just fruit! Here are some available on Amazon. (Jim used the bigger, fancier one - the smaller one is available at about half the price)
  • Need a new pan to cook without oil? - Check out Costco for non-stick, affordable pans or get yourself a scan pan

Gaia update: As you know, Gaia has been on an epic bike trip with his family for the majority of the summer. He, his wife and his two boys are doing great! He'll have many stories to share at the next meeting, no doubt. :) 


SAVE THE DATES!! We have NEW DATES for you to SAVE for the rest of the summer and the fall! If you'd like to host one of the meetings, shoot me an email. 

Clawson Small Group Meeting

Thank you Hostess Pauline Flaga for another enjoyable PBNSG Clawson Small Group Meeting Monday May 22, 2017 . Those who attended where our Founder and chairman of the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group Paul Chatlin, Jim Balla, Jeff Kroon, Joan Ritter, Rick Lafam, Jan Foster, Lynnda Skidmore, and Marilyn Bidinger.  The food was fantastic as usual. Thank you, Jeff Kroon for the Broccoli dish, Rick Lafam for the blueberries, Jim Balla for the Brownie bites, Jan Foster for the Mixed fruit bowl, Lynnda Skidmore for the couscous dessert topped with berries. and our Hostess Pauline Flaga who made Yonana Banana Strawberry ice cream with her Yonana's Ice Cream Maker. 

Dearborn Small Group Meeting

Thanks again Rick and Connie Coogan for hosting this small group meeting, and opening your home for all to gather, share healthy plant based foods, and to discuss the benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle. There was some great suggestions for easily prepared meals. All had a nice, intimate evening .Also, much laughter and support from good people!! We all had a great time tonight and the Food was amazing. Thanks to all who brought a delicious plant based oil free dish to pass, and for making the PBNSG Dearborn small group meeting a success.

Thank you all for making this my favorite night of every month! I really enjoy our time together and the food is WOW!! What great words to hear from our gracious hosts Rich and Connie Coogan.

Ann Arbor Small Group Meeting

Hey there plant-powered people - 

We had a great meeting last night - the last AA Small Group meeting at my house as I will be moving to St. Joseph Michigan at the end of May. But - don't fret! Gaia and I will still be leading the AA Small Group every month! We'll be bouncing around to different locations including Wendy's Co-op space, Joanne and Chris's house in Ypsi and David and Nancy's backyard for a BBQ. 

It was so wonderful to have Joanne and Chris back from their travels (though we did not hear enough about them - we'll have to get the low down next time)! Faye, David and Nancy came back for a second meeting, and we are so happy to welcome Dana as a first-time AA Small-group-er! Finally, Adi was able to make a return now off his crutches and out of school.... Spring is in the air, folks, and we are so happy to see people returning to the meetings and to get to know the new faces! 

Resources! Many, many resources were shared yesterday throughout conversation - more than one can remember. I did my best to capture them all and have included them below. Click the links for more info on each item! 

  1. Restaurants to check out in Ann Arbor: 
    1. The Lunchroom (Kerrytown location is the one we discussed)
    2. Vedge (Near the courthouse on Main St)
  2. Movies to watch:
    1. Cowspiracy (now on Netflix!)
    2. What the Health - from the same duo! Available for purchase online OR you can come watch the moving this summer via PBNSG! 
  3. Recipes and food items
    1. Rich Roll Cookbook (and Podcast) - We had the Mac 'n Cheese recipe - I will have my book at our next meeting on 5/15 for you to take a picture of the recipe. 
    2. PBNSG's Nacho Cheese 
    3. Beyond Meat products 
    4. Skinny Girl Poppyseed dressing (not all Skinny Girl products are plant-based, but they do tend to be low sugar and low oil - look out for added ingredients you cannot pronounce; this one is pretty clean!)
  4. Instapot
  5. AVP - the place I went for treatment in India - Not a vegan resource per say but a topic of conversation at our meeting
  6. Meetups - follow Veg Ann Arbor and Veg Michigan for additional events with plant-powered peeps. I'll do my best to get on this site and send some out to the group as well! 

Upcoming Events: See for more info and for tickets to all PBNSG events! 

Email me directly if you want to set up a carpool to any event! 

  • 4/26 - TOMORROW - Take a Trip Through Your Body with PBNSG - Learn WHY your body LOVES Plant-Based Foods and HOW to EAT this Way! 
    • 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Seaholm High School Little Auditorium, Birmingham, Michigan
    • *** Wendy reached out to carpool - if you're going to this, shoot me a message (email or text) and I'll connect you!! ***
  • 4/30 - Sunday - Veg Fest via Veg Michigan (not a PBNSG event)
  • 5/3 - Wednesday - Plant-Based Whole Food Approach to Diabetes, Caroline Trapp, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, FAANP - Diabetes Education
    • 6:30 to 8:30 pm 
    • Groves High School 
    • *** Dana and I are planning on attending this event from Ann Arbor. If you'd like to ride with us, email or text me! ***
  • 5/11 - Thursday - Plant-Based Transition 101 Class 
    • 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Groves High School, Staff Planning Lounge
  • 5/15 - Monday **NEXT AA SMALL GROUP MEETING**
    • Cheese extravaganza! 

      Location: Touchstone Co-Housing Common House (560 Little Lake Drive, A2)

      Cheese is one of the hardest things to give up and/or substitute for when transitioning to a vegan diet. How have you learned to best replace or substitute for cheese? Bring a dish that is 'cheesy' - could be vegan version of a dish that typically has cheese (ex: tacos - I make delicious vegan tacos, and you'd never miss the cheese!) or with a cheese substitute (ex: my vegan queso actually does taste cheesy!). 
  • 5/31 - Wednesday - John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market
    • 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Groves High School

Keep an eye out for additional events added to the schedule for our Small Group possibly including a pressure cooker demo, knife skills training, bring-your-own-tips and tricks for the hardest to prep food items (like avocados, onions, mangoes and pomegranates!) and a AA-SG BBQ! 

Hope to see each of you soon at an upcoming event!



Dearborn Small Group

Here is a short recap of our last Dearborn Area, Plant-Based Nutrition Small Group, held on February 15th. There was laughing, and learning with our Whole Food Plant Based support group. 


We had a total of 16 guests, with 3 new people who attended, and we were honored to have Jeremy Glogower from the staff of PBNSG, as our special guest. Jeremy talked about his transformation from eating meats, dairy and oil, to the satisfying plants and whole foods that gave him so much energy and stopped the stomach and digestive issues that plagued him for so many years.


Jim Balla then gave a heartfelt presentation of how Plant-Based, whole food eating, saved his life, and gave him a quality of life he could only dream of. He was almost crippled and close to death, when he decided to jump into this lifestyle with both feet, and the results are truly amazing. He also brought many of us to tears in the process.


I would be doing an injustice to not comment on the great food we shared with each other. This has been the one night that I always look forward to every month, with our "potluck" of such awesome, healthy food. Its such a luxury to have such an array of food that I don't have to worry about, and just enjoy.


Our next small group will take place on Wednesday, March 15th, at 7:00pm. Our home address is: 4475 McKinley, Dearborn Heights 48125

I also sent the picture we took at our last group meeting, in this email, as an attachment. I will also send a reminder to you all, when the date approches.


Also don't forget the Evening With Rip Esselstyn on Monday, February 27th, from 6:30-8:30pm at Groves High School Auditorium, 20500 West 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Tickets are $20.00 online, or at the door for $25.00


Dearborn Small Group

We had another great night of fellowship as we shared good food, compliments of many of our group. We were inspired by the testimonies of many of our members and how enriched their lives have become, since going plant-based, whole food, with no meat, dairy or oil. And the relaxed, safe environment that had it's share of laughter and joy, from people who have hope again because of this empowering way to fight heart disease, diabetes, and many ailments that come from our typical western diet. These are people who have reduced or eliminated the modern medicines, with their side effects, and are now using food as their medicine! You all inspire and encourage me with your heart-felt words and struggles shared, with honesty and humility. I love you all!!
We also were blessed to have Paul Chatlin, founder of the largest Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group in the country (over 3000 mambers and growing), as our guest; and the reason we are one of 17 home groups around the Detroit area who are meeting most months throughout the year, to spread this good news!
Paul shared his personal story with us all and let us know the exciting events and guests who will be coming to the main group in Birmingham, MI, in the coming months. We were honored to have this selfless, humble man who serves us all, with his time and energy, in our home and our hearts this night! Thank you Paul, for all you do!

Bloomfield Small Group

Indo Restaurant in Keego Harbor, Michigan  

 The Bloomfield and The West Bloomfield Small Group met as one together in the Indo Restaurant in Keego Harbor where we were treated to a delicious whole food plant based meal that was prepared by the amazing chef. We enjoyed their delicious Sweet and Sour Tofu, the Tofu Stir Fry, and their Mango Papaya Salad.    A special thank you to Bob Chiravelli for organizing this fun event! 

The Bloomfield and The West Bloomfield Small Group met as one together in the Indo Restaurant in Keego Harbor where we were treated to a delicious whole food plant based meal that was prepared by the amazing chef. We enjoyed their delicious Sweet and Sour Tofu, the Tofu Stir Fry, and their Mango Papaya Salad.  

A special thank you to Bob Chiravelli for organizing this fun event! 

Rochester Small Group

The Rochester Small Group recently met in the home of Terry and Kathy Pennell. We welcomed two new members into the group, shared a potluck of whole food plant based food, and discussed our journeys with plant based nutrition and our health. Their was a delicious assortment of food, fabulous company, and a great time was had by all! 

 Rochester Small Group Members

Rochester Small Group Members

 Tad, Shannon, and Tom. Tom, we are all very glad you made it! 

Tad, Shannon, and Tom. Tom, we are all very glad you made it! 

 Welcome to our new members! 

Welcome to our new members! 

Thank you so much to Kathy and Terry, you are both amazing Small Group Hosts. I have learned so much from you and PBNSG is very blessed to have you as members and we are proud to call you our friends! 

Dearborn Small Group

Last night, the Dearborn Small Group met in the home of it's fabulous leader Rick Coogan. We shared delicious whole food plant perfect dishes prepared by the members, shared stories about transitioning to a plant based diet, and had a great time. Our Small Groups are a safe place to ask questions, share stories, share tips about plant based lifestyles, and to share plant based meals. They are a perfect place to start your journey, continue your journey, and to meet new friends!